Soodla river is good to go for canoe trip - river banks are covered with Alnus glutinosa - this is tree what is not tasty to beavers who are usually building dams or just chop down trees onto river.
Soodla is not wide and fast, it´s slow and narrow and very curvy. You can select different starting points, we started our trip for example from Paukjärve twin bridge. Down the river You will reach Soodla water reservoir, what is the far part of water supply system of Tallinn.
There are very few houses nearby because this part of Estonia was former soviet military polygon and closed for people. There are still some farm places You can recognize, abandoned over half a century ago. There is a place where one of Estonian famous writers was visiting relative at summer time - this is camping place now with small exhibition and roofed pavillion.
Bridges crossing the river are different. Some are built for tank crossing (by former soviet military bases), some only for walking.
By hiking forests of Aegviidu, visit the watching towers. One You kan find in venemäe, it´s on the direction from Aegviidu to Paukjärve lake, maps You can find on crossroads and can buy from tourist info center or local forest centers.
Yo need a good hiking map of Kõrvemaa, car route atlases are useless. Check the link above to look area map, or visit local tourism information for asking Kõrvemaa maps.
Sport-hiking map is here: http://www.arvutid.ee/tarmo/eol/cgi/kaart/2003034.gif
Aegviidu is the end of the line for the electric train service from Tallinn -- the journey takes about an hour and costs 16 EEK (approx 1 Euro) one-way (you can pay on the train). From Tallinn, the trains leave from platform 8 or 9.
This lakes are the most crowded because they are the most known in Kõrvemaa area. Neljärve is near Aegviidu, a hostel and bar is on the lake coast with ski center. There are 4 small lakes nearby with ski routes around.
Paukjärv is between Soodla and Valgejõgi, the road over the Valgejõgi is closed but You can leave a car to parking lot with a guard. Walk about 2-3 km to Paukjärv, the lake have watching tower, many camping places and a small island. But this lake is very crowded at summer time by campers. Sometimes its noisy place because some campers are very big groups.
This is wooden bridge built by former soviet troops over the Valgejõgi river. It´s tank crossing to training polygones in Kõrvemaa. Forest center destroyed the bridge to avoid car travellers to cross the river and for saving forest for hiking tourists only.
Despite the tranquility in Aegviidu, extremely long freight trains are a common site rumbling through Aegviidu station en route to or from Russia with oil or grain cargos.
The locomotive in my photo may look familiar to Americans -- Estonia bought a quantity of these GE diesels second-hand from the USA in 2002.
Favorite thing: Just behind the train station there is a small 'garden centre' -- the building on the left is an old water tower.